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[News] GNU/Linux Skills Cope Well With Disastrous Economy

  • Subject: [News] GNU/Linux Skills Cope Well With Disastrous Economy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 01:42:20 +0100
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Linux Remains a Recession Proof Niche

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| 1. Linux has expanded at a high rate over the 
| past few years, with recent expansion even 
| within Government organizations and the 
| military.
| 2. Linux is recognized as a cost saving device 
| among larger corporations that are trying to 
| cut back on hardware costs.
| 3. Linux administrator positions continue to 
| be approximately 25% of the total Linux 
| related job market.


LinuxPR: LinuxCertified Announces its next "Linux Fundamentals" Course



10 best IT jobs right now

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| "We are seeing a ton of demand for skills
| around open source technologies and
| frameworks. Demand for Python, Ruby on Rails
| and PHP development skills far exceeds the
| number of people available with skills," said
| Michael Kirven, co-founder and principal of IT
| resource firm Bluewolf, in a Network World
| interview.


Linux: World domination (and jobs) in sight

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| It's looking more and more likely. Linux is
| everywhere, creating jobs, lowering IT costs,
| and serving as poster child for the open-
| source business and development movements.
| This momentum isn't lost on Microsoft, which
| has revived its anti-Linux charm offensive.
| Speaking at CES, Robbie Bach, president of
| Microsoft's entertainment and services
| division, overlooked Windows Mobile's dismal
| market performance to sneer at mobile Linux,
| claiming that Linux in its current form is not
| "really sustainable."


Open Source Could Create Better Election Software, Jobs

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| You may know the Federal Election Commission if you've ever been involved
| with national politics. The FEC is the regulatory agency that administers and
| enforces federal campaign finance laws; it's sort of like the IRS but
| specifically for congressional and senate campaigns. Any serious candidate
| for public office on a national level has to file campaign finance reports
| routinely or face administrative penalties. Along with campaigns themselves,
| political committees called PACs are also regulated by the FEC and must file
| regularly.


Save a job with open source

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| My own home county of Buncombe in western North Carolina will be letting
| about 80 teachers go with the current budget. Like many other government
| agencies, and businesses, they simply don't have enough money coming in.
| But, Wollenberg asks, why don't we save money for teachers, by switching to
| FOSS (free and open-source software), he's not talking about major changes,
| like switching from Linux to Windows on desktops. He's talking about taking
| small steps. As Wollenberg points out, it's not so much that the school
| systems have problems with open source; it's that they're reluctant to adopt
| anything new.
| [...]
| For instance, Microsoft has finally given up on Microsoft Money. Intuit, of
| course, wants all those customers to go over to Quicken. But, should they?
| Shouldn't they at least consider GnuCash?


Is Open Source a Good Career Bet for Developers?

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| With any article whose premise is ensuring the safety of your programming
| career, it's tempting to try to hook your attention with fear, uncertainty,
| and doubt about the state of the economy. I could point at all those layoff
| statistics. Or I could frighten you by bringing up the spectre of your job
| going overseas.
| But that's not the point, really. Our career choices affect us personally no
| matter what the economy looks like. We all have to find a balance between
| what we love to do and work that someone else will pay for. (This is why I
| cannot brag about my remarkable career from consuming chocolate; I've never
| found someone to pay the bills for it, alas.) To make the best career
| choices, you must become aware of where the market is going. And then you
| have to fine-tune your expertise so that your skills stay in-demand... or so
| that you can develop new skills that shortly will be in demand.
| [...]
| And the good news for open source developers is that
| comparing "programmer," "programmer open source," "programmer .net"
| and "programmer java" yields a happy chart for open source developers. The
| overall programmer salary averages $73,000 per year, and the Java and .NET
| developers earn just over that ($76,000). (Or, to be more rigorous, more jobs
| are advertised with those salaries.) In contrast, open source developers are
| offered $83,000--a nice raise.


Linux Courses Increase Job Options for Techs

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| For software programmers and developers worried about layoffs and job
| security in these tough economic times, the answer may be as clear as the
| screen on your cell phone. That's because manufacturers of small consumer
| equipment like cell phones and PDAs need programmers trained in embedded
| Linux to hand-tune the product's software code.


Where the Tech Jobs Are, Part 1

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| "In a recession, headcount looks like a cost center, but open source can turn
| employees into profit centers -- or, at worst, into less costly cost
| centers," he said.
| "For example, let's say an enterprise needs [an enterprise content
| management] system, perhaps for outsourcing documentation or to build a new
| catalog system -- or perhaps for a workflow system around approval of
| executive documents. Traditional IT would invite vendors to do a dog-and-pony
| show," Asay explained, "ultimately culminating in a purchase of software
| licenses and services to make the licenses useful to the enterprise." The IT
| staffer is then mostly responsible for coordinating others' efforts, and the
| associated expenses.
| An open source savvy IT person, by contrast, would download an open source
| ECM solution and tweak it to save the company license and services
| fees -- "and the risk that the software wouldn't work as advertised," said
| Asay.


Training program to create 100,000 jobs

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| LUPA (Leadership of Open Source University Promotion Alliance), a Chinese
| open source software community, plans to initiate a training project for the
| country's computer and software graduates as low-cost open source software
| development is gaining popularity in the current financial crisis.

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